Fact or fiction – the following papers are recyclable:
- Copy or printer paper-ream wrappers
- Hanging and file folders
- Construction paper and tissue paper
- Gift wrap
- Bright colored paper
- Thermal paper receipts
- Tea bag envelopes and sugar packets
- Meat-wrapping paper
- Juice boxes
- Fiction: Strive to buy paper with as much recycled content as possible but put the wrappers in the trash – they’re typically coated with plastic film.
- Fact: Cleaning your office? Toss hanging and file folders in the recycle bin.
- Fiction: The fibers in construction and tissue papers are too short to be reused. Like napkins and tissues however, they CAN go in the compost.
- Fiction: For the most part, gift wrap is short fiber, often embellished with metallic and sometimes finished with a plastic film. It should go in the trash 50 weeks per year. For the two weeks following the holiday season the Recycling Center usually sets up a drop-off bin at 1901 63rd in Boulder.
- Fiction: These are made with a “beater” dye, which means that the dye is literally beat into the fiber. Recycle these and it’s like putting a new red t-shirt in with a load of white laundry. Deposit in your compost bin.
- Fiction: These papers typically contain plastic and should be thrown in the trash.
- Fiction: Like so much single-use packaging, these are typically finished with plastic. Trash.
- Fiction: What do you think keeps the meat “juices” from leaking out? That’s right, plastic. You know what to do.
- Fact: These and other aseptic containers, often made by Tetra-pak are paper-based but do require a special recycling process. The good news is the Boulder County Recycling Center has a partnership with a processor that processes this material. Put in the recycle bin but remove and trash the straw first.
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